The Future

For years, environmental thinking has been an integrated element of the business concept at some of the the world's most successful companies. Advantage Environment covers products and services offered by forward-thinking Swedish companies that recognize the value of sustainability for corporate image, employee loyalty and – not least – the bottom line. Most of the articles on the site look at existing solutions available on the market today, but in this section we allow ourselves to pull back the curtain and look toward tomorrow's breakthroughs. Welcome!

Cellulose-based batteries

Batteries containing heavy metals pose a danger to both the environment and human health. Even the more environmentally friendly batteries that have been developed in recent years need to be placed in separate compartments for waste separation. But in the near future, it may be possible to completely avoid metals in our batteries. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden...

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Phase-shifting materials save energy and money

Energy must often be stored as heat to be subsequently used to heat homes as well as factories. One problem that often occurs in this context is that the heat energy escapes through the ambient environment. This energy loss can be prevented by means of insulation but even the best insulating material loses heat. To achieve a more energy-efficient...

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Sustainable chemistry 2030

“In 2030, Stenungsund will become a manufacturing hub for sustainable products in the chemical industry. Our business is based on renewable raw materials and energy, and contributes to a sustainable society,” says Lars Josefsson, President of INEOS. The vision of a sustainable society and a thriving chemical industry was developed in 2010 by chemical companies AGA, Akzo Nobel, Borealis,...

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Pump power stores energy

Wind power and other renewable energy sources will replace current European coal-fired plants. The new energy sources may be green, but they also contribute to a more volatile energy production. Wind and solar power are not as easy to regulate as coal and nuclear power plants. This means that effective regulation systems are becoming increasingly important. As demand for...

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Lab-grown meat is more eco friendly

Meat production accounts for 18 percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases. The majority of these emissions come from deforestation to make way for pasture. Swedish meat production emits significantly less greenhouse gases than their international counterparts. But meat production is and will remain a part of the climate challenge. Meat grown in the laboratory can reduce emissions. ‘Meating’...

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Liquid natural gas reduces shipping emissions

International shipping is a major source of sulfur, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions. Replacing conventional shipping fuel with liquefied natural gas, LNG, makes it possible to greatly reduce the environmental impact of shipping. The international shipping industry now accounts for about 4 percent of annual global emissions of sulfur, 7 percent of emissions of nitrogen oxide and less than...

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Energy storage with flywheel technology

To store energy is necessary for both the power grid and the future of electric cars. The regulation of renewable energy As energy sources with unequal power are increasingly exploited, such as wind power, the need for regulating this power becomes increasingly important. The fact that wind power is dependent on wind conditions means there are sometimes surpluses and...

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Carbon-neutral gas

The transport sector accounts for 13 percent of the global emissions of greenhouse gases. In Sweden, domestic transport accounts for more than 30 percent of the country’s emissions. This makes the search for environmentally friendly fuels a priority. Fuel from atmospheric carbon dioxide There are a number of research projects seeking to exploit man-made and carbon-neutral fuels from the carbon dioxide...

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Fusion harnesses the sun’s power

Every second, the sun produces more energy than the earth uses in years. It is not surprising then that researchers have long dreamed of harnessing the enormous potential of solar energy. What’s happening 150 million kilometers away from us? Answer: Fusion. Small atomic nuclei fuse together to form larger ones, and heat is created in the process. More specifically, two...

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Growing the urban space

The debate about cities being an environmental threat is not new. During the Industrial Revolution, cities were the epitome of environmental devastation, dirty places where people crowded in unhygienic conditions and worked in filthy factories. Cities brought with them jobs and prosperity, but environmentally perfect they were not. The connection between cities and environmental degradation, however, is false. Today, the urban dweller...

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